Senin, 26 September 2016

WEST KALIMANTAN GEARS UP FOR SAIL KARIMATA STRAIT 2016

by Andi Abdussalam
          Jakarta, Sept 26 (Antara) - West Kalimantan is busy making preparations for the success of the 'Sail Karimata Strait' event in the Datuk Sukadana Islet beach, North Kayong District.
         The sail event has been launched since last June, involving four provinces of West Kalimantan, Riau Islands, Jambi and Bangka Belitung.   The peak event will take place in North Kayong District on October 15 next month.
         West Kalimantan Governor Cornelius has assured that he will himself continuously inspect the ongoing preparations so that everything runs smoothly. The governor held a meeting on Monday in this context.
         "I will keep a check on the progress. We today had a meeting to discuss the preparations," Governor Cornelius was quoted as saying by Tribunpontianak.co.id news portal on Monday.
         According to the governor, President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) is expected to open the peak event of Sail Karimata Strait 2016. Therefore, all relevant regional officials should ensure that everything is in place before the October 15 deadline.
         The transportation arrangements and technical aspects should be as per international standards. "The president will arrive on October 15, 2016. All arrangements must be in place before that, " the governor added.


Minggu, 25 September 2016

JAMBI TEMPLE REVEALS TIBET'S TEACHING OF MORALITY

By Andi Abdussalam
          Jakarta, Sept 26 (Antara) - Before the advent of Islam, Buddhism was flourishing in Indonesia, which continues to display numerous historical heritages, such as relics, artefacts and glorious temples.
        The most popular Buddhist Temple in Indonesia is the 9th century Borobudur Temple in Magelang, Central Java, which was once included in the seven wonders of the world.
         The other temple which bears historical importance, yet is not known well globally, is the      Muarojambi Temple in Jambi, Sumatra. Though little known, this temple complex is a link with the history of Tibet.
         According to a noted monk, the Buddhist teaching of morality now being developing in Tibet was basically born at the Muarojambi Temple in the 11th century.
         It was adopted from the teaching of Grand Buddhist teacher Atisha, who spent years studying Buddhism at the Muarojambi temple, before he returned to Tibet to spread the teaching.
          "The teaching was brought back to Tibet. Up to now, the international Buddhist community in Tibet still preserves the morality teachings of Grand Teacher Guru Atisha," said Monk Jangchup Choeden, who led a delegation of seven monks from India, Nepal and Bhutan on a religious tour of the Muarojambi temple on Sunday (September 25).

Sabtu, 24 September 2016

INDONESIA YET TO TAP ADVANTAGES OF ITS SEAWEED

by Andi Abdussalam
          Jakarta, Sept 24 (Antara) - Indonesia is a large seaweed producer and has the advantage of developing and increasing the added value of the commodity, but the price of this item is decreasing.
         Complaints of declining prices have come from farmers cultivating seaweed in North Kalimantan and Maluku, two seaweed producing provinces.
         The price of seaweed in Nunukan District is now about Rp6,600 per kilogram (kg) at the collection level. The price could perhaps be higher if the commodity was sold directly to investors. 
    "I think the price will be higher if investors (factories) in Nunukan buy the product directly from the farmers," Kamaruddin, a seaweed farmer at Kampung Mamolo of Tanjung Harapan, Nunukan District, North Kalimantan, said Thursday.

         The same complaint was also voiced by farmers in Maluku. The lower prices discourages farmers in Southeast Maluku District, in Tual City and Aru Islands District to cultivate the commodity.
         "The price of seaweed now is only between Rp6,000 and Rp8,000 per kg, and it discourages farmers," Fredik Rahakbauw, a member of the Regional Legislative Assembly (DPRD) in Maluku, said Monday.

Jumat, 23 September 2016

CIKEAS COALITION UPBEAT OVER ITS CANDIDATES

by Andi Abdussalam
          Jakarta, Sept 24 (Antara) - The Cikeas Coalition of four political parties announced on Friday its candidates Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono and his running mate Sylviana Murni, who will contest the Jakarta gubernatorial election on February 15, 2017.
        The coalition, composed of the Democrat Party (PD), the United Development Party (PPP), the National Mandate Party (PAN) and the National Awakening Party (PKB), is convinced that Agus, first son of former president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, and Sylviana Murni, currently a deputy governor of Jakarta for tourism and culture, will be an ideal pair for the people of Jakarta in the election.
       "The Agus-Sylviana pair will provide a strong alternative to the people of Jakarta. They will build Jakarta fairly and evenly and be down to earth and appreciate the people's rights well," Didi Mukrianto, an associate chairman of the PD's Central Executive Board, said in Jakarta Friday.
        Although being belittled by the People's Conscience Party (Hanura), one of the four parties nominating incumbent Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama (Ahok), and his running mate incumbent Deputy Governor Djarot Saiful Hidayat, the Agus-Sylviana duo, it is believed by its supporters, will be able to defeat the Ahok-Djarot pair.\

WTP RATING SHOULD NOT MAKE INSTITUTIONS COMPLACENT

 by Andi Abdussalam
          Jakarta, Sept 23 (Antara) - The State Audit Board (BPK) this year awarded 376 institutions with an unqualified opinion (WTP) rating for having presented financial records and statements honestly and accurately last year.
         Of the 376 entities, 56 are ministries/state institutions, 29 provincial governments, 222 district governments and 60 municipal administrations.
    The Finance Minister awarded 22 ministries/state institutions, three provincial governments, eight district administrations and four municipal governments for securing the WTP rating for five consecutive years.

         The ceremony where such appreciation letters were handed over to the 22 ministries/state institutions was organized by the Finance Minister, Sri Mulyani, herself.  It was for the first time that the central government filed a financial report in 2015 based on the accrual financial report basis.

Kamis, 22 September 2016

GOVERNMENT UNLIKELY TO EXTEND TAX AMNESTY PROGRAM

 by Andi Abdussalam
         Jakarta, Sept 23 (Antara) - As the first phase of the tax amnesty ends on September 30 next week, taxpayers seem to be expecting that it will be extended.
        Although the government's tax amnesty program will continue for nine months, from July 15, 2016 to March 31 2017, yet the nine month period is divided into three phases, each with a three-month period. 
   In the first period, taxpayers joining the tax amnesty program will pay the lowest asset repatriation and declaration fees, compared with the tariffs set for the following two phases.

        The declaration tariff for assets at home and overseas has been set, respectively, at two percent and  four percent  for the July-September period; three percent and six percent for the October-December period; and five percent and 10 percent for the January-March 2017 period.
        Similarly, the repatriation tariff has been set at two percent for the July-September period, three percent for October-December and five percent for the January-March 2017 period.

Rabu, 21 September 2016

FINALLY, LARGEST POLITICAL PARTIES BACK AHOK

 by Andi Abdussalam
          Jakarta, Sept 21 (Antara) - Indonesia will see a lively contest in the regional head elections in February next year with 101 regions simultaneously electing their heads in seven provinces, 76 districts and 18 municipal cities.
         During the simultaneous elections, these regions will elect seven governors, 76 district heads and 18 mayors. The most interesting among these will be the joust for the office of the Jakarta governor.
         Besides being contesting in the capital city of the country, Jakarta's incumbent Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama (Ahok) and his Deputy Governor Djarot Saiful Hidayat have gathered support and will be nominated by the two largest political parties, the PDIP and the Golkar, besides with the Hanura and NasDem.
         The scenario has taken an interesting turn because Ahok had previously voiced his intention to run as an independent candidate in the gubernatorial election. He is a former cadre of the Gerindra (Greater Indonesia Movement) Party which nominated him to the post of deputy governor on the same ticket on which was Joko Widodo (Jokowi), nominated by the PDIP in the Jakarta gubernatorial election in 2012.